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Calibrate your screen : why, how?

Calibrate your screen : why, how?

Here you are, sitting in front of your computer screen, inspired, the creative soul.

You choose your colors, adjust the contrast and/or brightness so that the result is as desired, a unique rendering, your work of art!

What a disappointment when you find yourself with your entire family on Uncle's computer, looking at this creation. The colors seem duller and the brightness very different from what you hoped to achieve.

Calibration: We Explain Everything

How to ensure that your screen displays the right colors?

To do this, there are devices called screen calibration probes.

But what are these probes for?

These probes are used to correct the display defects of your screen, defects present from the factory configuration (sometimes by the choice of the manufacturer). This probe, accompanied by specific software, will allow you to adjust the colors, brightness, and contrast and thus allow you to obtain the same rendering, from one calibrated screen to another.

Why calibrate my screen before ordering DTF film printing?

When placing your order, your wish is to receive transfer films with colors identical to those of your creation.

To do this, it is necessary:

1. To make sure that your design has been created in CMYK (color space used for DTF printing). Indeed, if your design has been created in RGB, then it is highly likely and even inevitable that the colors will vary slightly (since the two color spaces differ).

2. To calibrate your screen to ensure, once again, the conformity of print/screen when receiving your order.

The major phases of calibration

The calibration of your screen unfolds in two phases:

1. Calibration: this aims to properly adjust your screen according to brightness, contrast, gamma, color temperature, or even minimum brightness settings.

2. Characterization: this is where your software and probe will be of great use. The software will display different color sets on the screen, which will be interpreted by the probe and then corrected. This phase ends with the creation of an ICC profile specific to your screen.

Calibration and characterization of a screen should be done regularly. The interpretation of screen colors changes over time. There is no defined frequency, but once a month seems like a good compromise most of the time.

So don't hesitate anymore, to never have the slightest disappointment when printing DTF transfer films, think about calibration!

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